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Bush’s benefits don’t help veterans

Edward Jordan, Leadville

Facts you need to know about what the tax cuts are doing to our nation.The Bush administration budget is forcing veterans to pay more for services and medication; forcing 200,000 veterans out of the system. Nearly $800 million of the Veterans Administration (VA) increase can be attributed to a proposed new $250 enrollment fee into the VA system for our veterans and also an increase in drug co-payments from $8 to $15 per prescription, for higher-income, less disabled veterans. VA officials estimate that the new fees would discourage 200,000 veterans from even enrolling in the VA health care system, freeing up department resources to focus on the neediest of veterans. But lawmakers, urged on by veterans’ advocacy groups, have opposed forcing any veterans to pay more out of their pocket for their care.Disabled American Veterans said the VA budget appears to be about $1.2 billion below what the groups believe is necessary for medical care. During President Bush’s tenure in office, at least one major tax-cut measure has been enacted each year. The administration has cut individual income tax rates, repealed the estate tax, and reduced taxes on capital gains and dividends. Between fiscal years 2001 and 2006, these measures will deprive the treasury of more than $1 trillion. Despite the country’s long-term fiscal challenges including the exorbitant cost of the war in Iraq, the administration continues to call for making nearly all of these tax cuts permanent, but has not proposed measures to offset the cost of extending these tax cuts. As a result, the administration’s tax policies would be extremely costly and would contribute significantly to the growth of the deficit over the long term. When the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 are in full effect, the cost of these tax cuts will be as large as the entire budgets of the Department of Education, Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, Energy, State, HUD and EPA combined.I urge each and everyone of you to contact your senators and representatives in protest the tax cuts and support of our veterans.Special thanks are given to Congressman Mark Udall’s office for the above facts and information.


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